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Top 5 BA Barleywines

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by GottaTickemAll, May 18, 2013.

  1. Greywulfken

    Greywulfken Champion (945) New York Aug 25, 2010

    With the understanding that these are all excellent, and that I haven't tried some of the other biggies, like Mother of All Storms, for example), these are my tops:

    1. King Henry
    2. Sucaba
    3. Bigfoot (BA version, 'natch)
    4. Artic Devil
    5. Bolt Cutter
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  2. 2beerdogs

    2beerdogs Champion (860) California Jan 31, 2005

    So far, I think I'd order as such:
    KH- been a while, wanna try again.
    MoaS- I believe it was pre-2011 bottle.
    Sucaba--back as Abacus

    the rest I'm not sure how to order:
    Weyerbacher Insanity
    BA Old Numbskull

    others I'm waiting to try...
  3. Kuester

    Kuester Aficionado (165) Colorado May 14, 2012

    Not even a mention of Great Divide BA Old Ruffian til now? I haven't been lucky enough to try the KH's or MOAS or Leon or any of those yet but, of the 5 total I've actually had I'd rank:

    BA Old Ruffian
    BA Bigfoot
    Cockeyed Cooper
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  4. I would have to strongly disagree - and CW BBBW is probably the best I've had; just don't like to see BA Bigfoot thrown under the bus like you just did.
    I can't even comprehend how you made that statement.
    I mean, if anything BA Bigfoot has a little more AV bite to it - for sure.

    CW BBBW is just plain silly good though - I must agree on that point.
  5. That's surprising, I had no idea that Urban Chestnut was distributing...we can't even get 'em here in mid-Missouri! Granted, it was the second beer I'd tried that night, so my palate wasn't 100%, but I thought that the booze/spirit character were a bit too forward, but that the underlying flavors, if given a bit of a chance to emerge, might be really quite nice. If I had it to do again, I'd hang onto my bottle until maybe Christmas or thereabouts, but it's your bottle and your decision :)
  6. ajzy

    ajzy Savant (425) Wisconsin Jun 15, 2011

    Yeah I had no idea--was just in Indy for Sour/Wild/Funk Fest and hit a few liquor stores, saw this on the shelf and took a chance on it having no idea what it was or whether it was any good. Judging by your comments I shall push it to the back of my cellar, but should I get bored this summer it may get cracked :D
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  7. Hard to rank since I haven't had all five of these in one tasting, but these are my favs...
    King Henry
    BA Naked Evil
    Arctic Devil
    BA Monster 29
  8. Marti403

    Marti403 Advocate (520) Michigan Jul 23, 2011

    1. Kuhnhenn BBBW (especially on tap)
    2. BA Naked Evil
    3. BA Monster 29
    4. Sucaba
    5. Insanity (but just slightly over CW BBBW)

    Sampled MoaS and didn't make anything move and haven't had King Henry, Arctic Devil, or Bligh's yet.
  9. solo103

    solo103 Advocate (530) Florida Apr 8, 2012

    Leon is definitely up there. One of my favorites
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  10. jmgrub

    jmgrub Savant (455) California Nov 20, 2010

    1a. Goose Island Mayan Gold
    1b. Xyauyu Barrel
    2. JW Lees (any cask besides Lagavulin)
    3. Smog City Barrel-aged O.E.
    4. Arctic Devil
    5. BA Naked Evil (1st batch)

    Honorable mention: Bligh's, MOAS,
  11. Horbar

    Horbar Advocate (655) Rhode Island Feb 24, 2012

    King Henry and Sucaba are my favs. Bolt Cutter was my biggest disappointment.... :-(
  12. King Henry
    Old guardian
  13. King Henry
    BA Old Numbskull
    BA Bigfoot

    Have not had Angel Share, Abacus, BA Old Guardian yet though.
  14. 1. MOAS
    2. BA Hi-Fi Rye
    3. Arctic Devil
    4. Sucaba
    5. CW BBBW
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  15. NYRfan4ever

    NYRfan4ever Savant (285) New Jersey Oct 30, 2009

    Sucaba is awesome. One of the best American BA barleywines I've ever had
  16. Most overpriced one? Yep...thread that.
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  17. arlingtonjoe

    arlingtonjoe Savant (385) Illinois Jan 20, 2013

    have not tried a lot but would rank what I have tried in this order:
    1)bc kh
    3)ba naked-evil
    4)cw bbbw(fresh)
    5)straight jacket

    have a moas and a boltcutter in que so we will see what happens to my list. nice query.
  18. Michigan

    Michigan Initiate (0) Michigan Oct 24, 2012

    You obviously have not tasted the beauty that is BOLT CUTTER!! The way the hops fuck with your face and the booziness numbing all your senses. It's like an orgy at the local petting zoo.

    (Please check my post in "what are you drinking" to fully understand my current state of being...)
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  19. Connvoy

    Connvoy Disciple (70) Florida Jul 21, 2012

    Did a side-by-side at a tasting in October with King Henry, Cognac Church on a Hill, and Leon. I really thought and wanted the Church on a Hill to win, but KH did by a good margin.

    1) King Henry
    2) Cognac Church on a Hill
    3a) BA Roosevelt
    3b) Leon
    5) Abacus, I suppose.

    I would also like to say I recently did a CW BBBW 2009-12...2012 was the only tolerable one. The older they were, the harder to drink. Everyone agreed unanimously.
  20. Pretty easy one for me. In order as i remember them:

    BA Naked Evil
  21. ggfunk

    ggfunk Savant (290) Oregon Mar 29, 2010

    Love these threads. They always give me new beers to keep an eye out for.

    5. Central Waters
    4. BA Bigfoot
    3. Sucaba
    2. Arctic Devil
    1. MoaS
  22. For me:
    BA old Numbskull
    BA Bigfoot
    Hangar 24 Hammerhead
    BA Old Guardian (all variants - can't decide)

    But woooooahhhh Wait wait wait are utopias and Angels share considered barleywines? I know everything seems to be a catch all category these days, but I would most definitely not label utopia as a barleywine. And as for Angels share, I would call that an american strong ale? but to be honest who knows or cares what the fuck the styles these beers fit into. If Angels share was considered in this list I would rewrite the above list as such:

    Angels Share '08
    Angels Share '09
    Angels Share '10
    Angels Share '11
    Sucaba '12

    annnnnd im drunk
  23. 1 -- Deschutes - 100% BA Mirror Mirror
    2 -- MoaS
    3 -- Arctic Devil
    4 -- Insanity
    5 -- Lucky Lab - BA Son of Old Yeller
  24. mulder1010

    mulder1010 Advocate (605) Australia Aug 29, 2008

    Arctic Devil (2008)
    Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel BW
    Cognac Barrel Boogoop

    Note: Did not care for King Henry at all
  25. Domestic:

    1. King Henry
    2. Wooden Hell
    3. MS 3000
    4. Arctic Devil 2008
    5. The Perfect Storm/MoaS
    6. Abacus/Sucaba
    7. Cigar City Leon
    8. Bligh's
    9. Central Waters BBBW
    10. Kuhnhenn BBBW


    1. 1998 JW Lees Harvest Ale
    2. Xyauyu (all!)
    3. Adnams Tally Ho
    4. Fuller's Golden Pride
    5. Moonraker
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  26. Mother of all Storms
    King Henry
    Arctic Devil
  27. In rough order:

    Twisted Trace (ISO more!)
    King Henry
    Cognac Church on a Hill
    Mother of All Storms
  28. 1. CW BBBW
    2. CW Y2K Kosmic Charlies Barleywine (BBBW Base Beer)
    3. Weyerbacher Insanity
    4. NG Barleywine (drinking great with a a year and a half on it right now!)
    5. Third Coast Old Ale (called a old ale but listed as a Barley wine)
  29. Top 6
    Olde School Barleywine, Dogfish Head Brewery
    Thumbprint Barley Wine, New Glarus Brewing Company
    Olde GnarlyWine, Lagunitas Brewing Company
    Behemoth Blonde Barleywine, Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
    Bare Tree (Wheatwine), Two Brothers Brewing
    Harpoon Leviathan - Triticus (wheatwine), Harpoon
  30. It doesn't make many lists, but I love Big Sky's Olde Bluehair. Particularly if you can still find a 2011 lying around at a bottle shop.
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  31. stakem

    stakem Champion (890) Pennsylvania Feb 20, 2009

    1. Old Toad
    2. Old Toad
    3. Old Toad
    4. Cognac Church on a Hill
    5. King Henry

    Yeah, its that good that it deserves to take up the top 3 spots on my list.
    Honorable mention to East End Gratitude for deserving to be on this list but isnt barrel aged.
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  32. King Henry
    Mother of All Storms
    BA Hi-Fi Rye

    ...I should note that I'm drinking BA Old Numbskull and Leon this week, so this list could possibly be altered.
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  33. ajzy

    ajzy Savant (425) Wisconsin Jun 15, 2011

    Interesting-picked up a bottle of this a while back and a store in town has a handful more, but I was super hesitant since I stupidly shelled out cash for two bombers of their utterly disgusting Kriek about a year ago and have been ruing my purchase and avoiding Big Sky since them
  34. slim pickens. The sebago rep told me in Oct. that the batch was already in barrels, though, so I expect a release within the next 6 or so months.
  35. mjw52

    mjw52 Aficionado (165) New Jersey Jul 14, 2010

    1) Goose Island King Henry
    2) Firestone Sucaba
    3) CW Bourbon Barrel Barleywine
    4) Weyerbacher Insanity
    5) Bligh's

    Close 6th- Mother of all Storms

    I just received a bottle of Leon so this make shake up the list.
  36. Other site classifies them as barleywines. After finally opening my bottles of Angel Share last night, they would not be in my top 5 and I don't think I would consider them barleywines.
  37. bummer dude :( mine blew me away. But yeah I definitely wouldn't classify them as such
  38. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poobah (1,245) Wyoming Sep 14, 2002

    I was just going to suggest it. My 2008 bottle is fabulous.
  39. Catchy_Name

    Catchy_Name Savant (475) California Dec 21, 2011

    Thanks to some generosity by Thirsty_Rob, Arash1000 and some other cool people, I got to try BA fireside chat yesterday and was blown away by how good that was. Damn fine BA Barleywine. Others I've enjoyed are obviously Sucaba, KH (do your best to ignore the hype, it will let you down if you don't.), Hammerhead, kuhnhenn BBBW, and Central Waters BBBW.
  40. jampics2

    jampics2 Champion (765) Ohio Dec 19, 2008

    1. Wooden Hell
    2. King Henry
    3. BA Old Salty
    4. BA Church on a Hill
    5. Kuhnhenn BBW

    Honorable Mentions to Abacus/Sucaba, Perfect Storm/MOAS, Bligh's, Arctic Devil, CWBBW and Straight Jacket